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Placement Testing

Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) 

All applicants are required to take a placement exam unless you have a college degree or have successfully completed a minimum of 12 credit hours (excluding remedial or developmental courses) at a regionally accredited or COE accredited college or university are exempt from taking the TABE test. GTC accepts placement scores from ACT, SAT, ASSET, ACCUPLACER, and COMPASS™ taken within the last three years. Unconditional admission is granted to students meeting the placement score requirements for their specific program. Applicants are required to score at least a sixth-grade reading, vocabulary, and math level. All applicants for health information technology programs must possess a high school diploma or GED (general equivalency degree).

ACCUPLACER Testing Coming Soon (Fall'23)

All applicants are required to take a placement exam unless you have a college degree or have successfully completed a minimum of 12 credit hours (excluding remedial or developmental courses) at a regionally accredited or COE accredited college or university are exempt from taking the Accuplacer test. GTC accepts placement scores from ACT, SAT, ASSET, ACCUPLACER and COMPASS™ taken within the last three years. Unconditional admission is granted to students meeting the placement score requirements for their specific program.

What is ACCUPLACER?

ACCUPLACER is a comprehensive, computerized skills survey system that measures your:

  • Reading Skills
  • Writing Skills
  • Mathematics Skills

ACCUPLACER is not a pass/fail test. 

What are ACCUPLACER scores used for?

ACCUPLACER scores determine your place in:

  • College level courses
  • Developmental courses

When Can I Schedule to Test?

  • Once application and all required documentation is submitted to Admissions.
  • Students must schedule a testing appointment online here prior to taking the ACCUPLACER.
  • There is no cost to take test.

If you have any questions contact Admissions-504-889-5568, ext. 1308.

ACCUPLACER QUESTIONS

Practice tests are available on the internet at:

Can I use a calculator on the test?

No, a calculator cannot be used while taking the test.

Is the ACCUPLACER test timed?

ACCUPLACER takes approximately three-and-a-half hours to complete (all three surveys). You should arrive 15 minutes early to ensure adequate time to test. Below are some important facts to remember:

  • Take your time!
  • Read all directions carefully and completely.
  • Ask the proctor if you have any questions.
  • Pay close attention to details.
  • Wait for the computer to respond.
  • Do not click or press enter more than once on the computer.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast the day of the test.

What do I need to bring on testing day?

  • In order to take the test, please bring the following to the testing center: Picture ID

When will I get my test results?

Test results are provided at the end of the testing session. 

Items that are no allowed during testing.

Prohibited Items:

  • Any device capable of recording audio, photographic or video content
  • Unauthorized testing aids
  • Calculators
  • Cellular phones, tablets, pages, smartphones, or wireless communication devices
  • Dictionaries
  • Digital watches, smartwatches, or wristwatch camera
  • Flash. Thumb drives or any portable electronic device
  • Food, beverage, or tobacco products
  • Listening to devices such as radio, media players, or recorders
  • Nonmedical electronic devices
  • Student provided paper (will be provided and destroyed by proctor)
  • Rules, protractors, compasses, or rulers
  • Weapons, firearms, or other item prohibited by law / campus safety polices

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